Autism is a brain development disorder that affects 1 in every 88 American Children. The disorder is charaterized in many different degrees and has a direct impact on social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and can include repetative behavior. My 5 year old cousin Nicole was diagnosed with autism and with the help of her parents and teachers we have seen great improvement. My run will be in honor of her and the many children that are affected by autism. I hope to raise autism awareness by participating in this marathon. Help me reach my goal!